May 31, 2016

Thorson • Baker & Associates: “AGACAD software has given substance to our models”

The Thorson • Baker design team needed tools that would bring big benefits for their clients and themselves. Important criteria in their search for BIM software were the possibility to model almost any type of truss and model any configuration of roof structure.


AGACAD’s wood and metal framing solutions have enabled U.S.-based TBA’s design team to automate complex roof framing tasks, significantly improving the quality and efficiency of BIM projects and increasing the satisfaction of the company’s clients in the building construction industry.

Client Profile

Thorson • Baker + Associates, Inc. (TBA) actives throughout the United States as well as in Puerto Rico and Canada.

Engineering consultation and design services for the building construction industry: structural, mechanical, commissioning, electrical, and technology. TBA focuses on attention to detail, economy of design within project parameters, attentive service, and always meeting schedules and deadlines.

Business Need

A search of the market led TBA to AGACAD and its Wood Framing Suite. Initial use of the Truss+ RT module brought quick results in terms of quality, accuracy, and time savings. The team loved the smart features, framing automation, ready Revit families for object libraries, and other valuable details.

That was in 2013. Three years later, they remain happy. George Aslanidis, Senior CAD & BIM Technician for Structural Engineering at TBA, says:

“Wood Framing Truss+ RT allows us to model almost any type of truss, any configuration. The extensive truss family library that comes built-in is often enough, but it also offers the ability to model custom trusses to fit the shape of the roof, which has also been quite helpful.”

“It’s intuitive and innovative and has saved us quite a bit of time, especially in the revising and updating of roofs. It’s made modeling and laying out roof trusses easier. It has given substance to our models, which is extremely beneficial to our clients. Being able to model the structures we need has also really helped coordination with clients.

Overall, AGACAD’s Wood Framing Suite is a great solution for anyone working in Revit who is looking for a more comprehensive, efficient and intuitive system for modeling roof structures.”


Soon TBA was ready to also implement AGACAD’s Metal Framing Suite, which offers the same type of advanced functionality, automation, and quality control as the wood framing modules.

Here, too, the company has enjoyed gains in functionality, efficiency, and satisfaction, according to Mr. Aslanidis:

“Revit doesn’t have something specifically meant for light gauge metal roof trusses. The Metal Framing Truss+ add-on allows us to be more accurate in our work, while utilizing the same truss modeling capabilities of Wood Framing Truss+ RT.”



AGACAD offers the only true BIM software for total-precision framing in Revit.

The wood and light gauge steel framing suites are total solutions which facilitate and accelerate the creation, modification and updating of accurate roof, wall and floor framing for residential, commercial, and industrial construction:

  • Flexible multilayer framing (incl. sheathing) of any configuration for single- or multi-story buildings
  • Automated clash detection and generation of complete shop drawings
  • Constructable BIM models, optional CNC output & more

New and enhanced features based on client feedback and requests as well as industry advances are regularly incorporated into all AGACAD solutions.

For more information, contact us at or +370 618 55 671.